Looking for a bit of crafty Irish fun? Here are my top picks for free goodies that help celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, I’ve separated them into three groups: Recipes, Printables and Crafts. There’s a nice mix of freebies for both grownups and kiddos along with a few Irish blessings and trivia in the mix too, enjoy!
Guinness Chocolate Pudding: The finished dessert mimics a frothy pint of stout. Using a 70-ish% dark chocolate will yield the nicest dark stout appearance.
Jello Shamrocks: Made with a couple boxes of lime Jello and cream, cut into shamrock shapes once set (or squares will turn out just as nice).
Beer Mug Cupcakes: Not only are these beer mug St. Patrick’s Day cupcakes fun and easy to do, but they’re actually made with beer! A fun treat for the grownups.
Leprechaun Pie: Fun treat with a purpose: To find the leprechaun’s gold! There is a printable poem that goes along with this treat, too.
Celtic Knot Cookies: The dough is made from very simple, humble ingredients. The graham flour gives it a graham-cracker flavor and the finished cookie is delicious with strong coffee.
Clover Cookies: Decorate plain sugar cookies easily with these instructions, clover template download available (free pdf).
Grasshopper Brownie Bars: Has a rich brownie base, creme de menthe infused buttercream, and a layer of dark chocolate glaze to top it all off.
Clover Shaped Cookies: Quick & easy classroom treat, bake up a batch of these cheerful green shamrock cookies.
Shamrock Cupcakes: Decorated with white icing and green gum drops or spearmint leaves candy.
Leprechaun Hat Cookies: Made with marshmallow topped cookies covered in a warm green icing. Embellished with green gumdrops and chocolate candy.
Everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, isn’t it grand to know the heart and soul of you belongs to Ireland!
May those that love us, love us.
And those that don’t love us,
May God turn their hearts.
And if He doesn’t turn their hearts,
May He turn their ankles
So we will know them by their limping.
Each leaf on the four leaf clover represents one of the following:
- 1st leaf is Hope
- 2nd is Faith
- 3rd is Love
- 4th is Luck
Tip: Never iron a four-leaf clover, because you don’t want to press your luck!
Lucky You Cupcake Toppers: Four different designs to choose from, free pdf download.
St. Patrick’s Day Cards: A few assorted cards to choose from, can be used as tags or notes. Free pdf downloads.
Drink Coasters Printable: Celebrate in style with these shamrock inspired coasters. Print on paper then stick to thick cardstock with spray adhesive.
Kiss Me Mini Cards: Cute little cards that read: “Kiss Me I Might Be Irish”. Can also be used as gift tags. Free pdf download.
Shamrock Cupcake Wrappers: Fun, simple design featuring shamrocks and lots of green. Pdf download.
Keep Calm & Pinch On: Fun print available via free jpg or pdf downloads.
Good Luck Printables: Assorted stationary designs, free zip download (pdf files).
Gift Tags: Six different designs per sheet, free pdf download.
Lucky Pillow Box: Fill with candies and treats for a little lucky gift. Free pdf download.
Lucky Art: Available in both a jpg image file or pdf version, nice little item that’s suitable for framing (8×10).
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
The rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.
Shamrock Boutonnieres: Crafty project using a mix of cotton fabrics in green solids and patterns.
Centerpiece: All you need are glass beer mugs, small green plants, chocolate coins, and wood skewers. Printable mug labels available via pdf or jpg files.
Popcorn Ball Beer Treats: A fun DIY favor/treat idea for adult get-togethers: mini “beer pints” made from popcorn balls and punch-sized party cups. Free printable labels available.
Felt Pins: All handstitched and takes about half an hour to make. You’ll need felt pieces in green and white, embroidery floss and a brooch fastening or safety pin.
This is the day
It’s a joy to address you
As Irish folks do
May Heaven bless you!
Irish Cream Recipe
1 can Eagle Brand milk
4 eggs, beaten well
4 oz. Irish whiskey
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp. coconut extract
1 TBS Hershey’s chocolate syrup
- Combine all items, mixing well, and store in refrigerator.
*Source: community cookbook
From the official eaglebrand.ca site, I found another recipe (including an option for an alcohol free version):
Smooth ‘n Sinful Liqueur
1 can (300 mL) Regular or Low Fat Eagle Brand
1 to 1 1/2 cups (250 to 375 mL) Irish whiskey*
1 cup (250 mL) table cream
1 tbsp (15 mL) chocolate syrup
1/2 tsp (2 mL) coconut extract (optional)
- In blender container, combine all items, cover and blend until smooth.
- Serve over crushed ice, if desired.
- Can substitute with 1 cup (250 mL) cold coffee.
- Can substitute with 1 to 1 1/2 cups (250-375 mL) rum.